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Rotorua, the heartland of NZ, a host to some of the worlds most incredible earth forces. From the moment you enter Rotorua, you'll know you are somewhere quite different. Straight away you will notice the unmistakable smell of sulphur in the air. You will see clouds of steam magically appear around the city giving it an incredible 'other worldly' feel.
Rotorua’s 4 major thermal areas are Whakarewarewa, Waimangu, Waiotapu and Hell’s Gate.The village of Whakarewarewa is one of Rotorua’s most active thermal areas. That is where you’ll find the lively Pohutu geyser, which erupts about 20 times a day and can spout up to 100 feet. Other attractions at "Whaka" include hot mud pools, hot springs, and a Maori pa.
The Inferno Crater is a highlight of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Powder blue steaming water and sheer crater walls makes for a stunning sight. Close to Waimangu, you’ll find the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, which is dubbed "the most colourful" volcanic area. It features the famous champagne pool, the bridal veil falls, and large steaming craters.
And if you time your visit for 10:15 a.m., you’ll be rewarded with the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser.
Hell’s Gate holds its own unique stories. And features fierce thermal activity. And as you’ll discover, there’s nothing quite like soaking in a hot mineral pool and feel the cares of the world dissolve.
So if you are looking for action, views Maori culture and excitement in the North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua is the place to be.